Yesterday was a challenging day in my 4’9″ world! When I ran into the grocery to buy a container of sour cream, it was inside a cooler refrigerator on the TOP shelf…and the front of the box was empty! That meant I had to R-E-A-C-H on my tip toes, pull the box forward and hope that a sour cream container in the back would slide into my hand.
Then on to look at some fresh flowers. On the TOP shelf was a pot of greenery I was interested in. Using my resourceful short-person-skills, I got as tall as I could, pulled the green stem towards me and then the rest of the pot followed behind. Mission accomplished.
I left the store and moved on to do some decorating at church. When I got up to the storage place where our spring wreaths were hung, they were hanging as high as they could be, dangling from nails like a loose tooth in a kindergartner’s mouth. No amount of stretching was going to get those wreaths down! I looked around me for something long, and found a piece of metal that I knew would do the trick. I slid the metal under the top part of the wreath, lifted it and then lowered it into my waiting hands.
As I thought back to each of those scenarios, I remembered that I had been offered help in each of those situations, but it came at the wrong time. This short lady had already made her move and gotten the job taken care of!
All these efforts reminded me of a truth connected to Good Friday. This is a day that reminds us of the death of Christ on the cross. He died to take our place, paying in full the payment due our sins. Before He died he uttered,
It is finished.
You see, He did everything necessary for us to be forgiven and to give to us eternal life. Nothing is left for us to complete in order to gain salvation. It was all done on the cross by the Lord Jesus.
Just as I refused the help from those who offered to assist me, people often ignore Christ’s perfect solution to their sin problem. Many ignore His plea to take care of their sin debt, and reach up on tip toes for their best efforts – good works, humanitarian deeds or kind acts, thinking that will allow them to reach up to God’s high standard. But their efforts are far less fruitful than a short person’s attempts to grasp out-of-reach items. They will never attain God’s standard because it is holiness. Only Christ was without sin. He alone could reach what is necessary for us to be forgiven. And when He steps in, He is always on time.
If you’ve never accepted His sacrifice for your sin, stop trying to step in with your best efforts, and realize that He’s done it all. Your salvation is complete. All you have to do is receive what has been accomplished on your behalf by acknowledging your sinfulness, and your need for Christ. Then turn your back on your sin and receive Him.
Because of Him salvation is at hand!
Rejoicing in Good Friday and Easter morning,
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So grateful for God’s plan of redemption and for my salvation…and for the empty tomb that is the foundation for my faith! I hope you have a wonderful Easter – with your family, your friends and your church family!!
Amen! We had a great day with so much to celebrate!